Refinishing Furniture

Dec 12th, 2009

I get really excited about refinishing furniture because this is a great way to save a lot of money when decorating a room. The best thing to do is to make a list of items that you need to obtain and begin your search.

Some of my favorite places to obtain furniture items are:
KSL classifieds (a free Utah service to buy/sell items)
D.I. (the Utah version of Goodwill)
and Yard Sales (I am really lucky to live in a city where yard sales are frequent and year round).

What are you looking for in a piece of furniture?
I say the most important thing is get furniture made out of SOLID wood. Solid wood lasts forever and particle board furniture falls apart. My favorite pieces lately are from the 1920s and 30s. The turquoise chairs that I refinished on an earlier post found HERE are a great example of the furniture from the 20s. I love the character and detail, and the quality is fantastic. The furniture from that era was made well. One of the only problems I have with buying solid wood furniture is that it is so HEAVY, and I cannot lift it without help from my husband :).

You also need to make sure that the furniture isn’t broken. I was lucky when I found the 1920s chairs because even though they were broken, there were three chairs. So, my handy husband helped me salvage parts from one chair to fix the other one. It also helped that they were only $4.oo each. So I could justify buying a “parts” chair. :)

Here is my most recent furniture make over. I picked up this bad boy (it is definitely a BAD BOY…because it’s so darn HEAVY) at D.I. It caught my eye because of it’s beautiful solid wood base. Plus I’ve been searching for an ottoman. It was love at first site.

Here it is AFTER. Do you like it?

Anyone interested in learning how I created the tufting from the buttons?


  1. OK, so how did you accomplish that with the ottoman? I LOVE the ottoman! I would love to learn how to do the tufted buttons, and quite possibly do the entire piece of furniture. I have been looking for a leather ottoman for my husband for Christmas. I'm Ashley Endsley's mother-in-law, and she got me to start following your blog. I hope I'm doing it the correct way. I'm a high school English teacher, and am looking for a more creative way to do things with furniture. I watch craigslist, and frequent D.I., so maybe I'm on my way


  2. I love it! I want to know how you did it because I would like to make a headboard like that. Any ideas?

  3. Bri or Aaron says:

    Wow! Looks amazing!!! So how did you do it?

  4. Yes please! I have a leather ottoman and the tufted buttons have popped off. I would love to somehow refinish or fix it!

  5. Those buttons look awesome! Really. That is awesome.

  6. That transformation is fabulous! Welcome to the SITS community!

  7. Fantastic!! You've got a lot of talent there.

    Welcome to SITS! We're glad you joined :-)

  8. I would love to know how you did this!

  9. LOVE it! So cute!

  10. You are very talented! What a great make-over…

    Welcome to SITS! It will be fun to visit your blog and learn a lot of "how to"…

    I'm hosting a great giveaway, come on over! :D

  11. Wow! You're truly amazing! DI is the best! Found a few gems there myself! Just popping by from SITS to welcome you to the gang! Have a great day.

  12. That is AMAZING. Seriously. I could never do that but am impressed by those of you talented enough to do it.
    Anyway, the reason I came by was to welcome you to The Secret is in the Sauce! We're so glad you joined, I know you'll love it!:)

  13. That looks great! I love finding old furniture to refinish!

    Welcome to SITS! It's great to have you in the SITStahood!

  14. Beautiful! I'd love to hear what you did too!!

  15. OOO LA LA!!! What a great find. I'm sure you got it for a killer deal too!! LUCKY!!

  16. I want to know how you made the buttons :) Plus, how did you take the fabric off of the cushion when it was attached to the wood? How did you get to the staples?

    Also, I was really curious what you do about the cushioning? Like, what if it's very hashed? Do you go and buy more foam? Do you ever refurbish anything with springs?

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